Google Nexus 4 to be sold carrier-free through Google Play

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Following Google's unveiling of the new Nexus 4 handset overnight, LG has confirmed that the new Android flagship with be available to Australians from mid-November, unlocked, through the Google Play store.

The new Nexus 4 showing off its wireless sharing capabilities.
(Credit: Google)

In a statement, LG also suggested that the handset will be available through traditional bricks-and-mortar stores, with details on these sales channels to be announced at the end of November. If sales of the Nexus 4 follow the trend set by the Nexus 7 tablet, we can expect to see the phone in a number of major electronics retailers, like Dick Smith and Bing Lee.

Pricing for the phone is also extremely competitive, with an 8GB version to be sold for AU$349, and a 16GB model to sell for AU$399. Curiously, there have been no larger storage options announced, and no microSD card slots on the devices to expand this memory.

The Nexus 4 is the latest Google Nexus handset in a series of smartphones designed to showcase the latest versions of the Android operating system. As such, the Nexus 4 will run on Android 4.2, codenamed Jelly Bean, and will have a handful of new features, including a new photography tool called Photo Sphere, which can take panorama photos horizontally and vertically to create a dome-like image from a single point of view.

With OEM partner LG, Google has created a powerful handset by today's standards, with a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 4.7-inch 720p HD resolution screen. The phone also supports Qi wireless charging, which is a first for an Android phone. Google will sell a wireless charging Orb accessory, but the adoption of the Qi tech means that Nexus 4 owners should be able to take advantage of any public charging mats installed in cafes by Nokia in support of its Lumia 920 smartphone.

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OscarJ posted a comment   

At $400 to buy it here in australia would it not be cheeper to buy it from america and import it? I think the currency is at least at parrelel if not better and its o ly $350 over there if im not mistaken.


Im Batman posted a comment   

that is a great price for the device, especially considering the processor inside!!
It doesn't really skimp on any spec, screen sounds great etc..

totally approve it being available through the google play store.
When it does go through the carriers it will be interesting to see if Google gives LG control of the regional variants or if it will be the same build as the one sold from the play store.

Hope they do, as the Galaxy Nexus regional variants are not being supported well by Samsung.
If LG does control the udpates for the regional/carrier device... avoid the carrier option and get it outright from the play store.

Cool to see the wireless charging, super glad to see that they are using a standard


Chandler posted a comment   

And I only just got my Galaxy Nexus 6 months ago... at least the only real difference is some minor specs and the wireless charging.

Any word on the street of 4.2 for GNex owners?


ChristopherM2 posted a comment   

Well my Optus contract expires in May but I'll be able to upgrade from February, wouldn't mind locking into another $29 for 24 months contract if I could grab this for $0 per month. Being a full time student, I simply don't have the money to buy this outright, even at it's incredibly modest price. This eventually leads me to the question: will it also be sold through carriers?

Also, anyone have any idea if that wireless charging station comes bundled with the Nexus 4? I frankly doubt it at that price.


Joseph Hanlon posted a reply   

There is a suggestion that it could be sold through the carriers, and I can't imagine the telcos passing up on the chance to sell this super cheaply. But we'll have to wait for a few weeks to find out.

The wireless charger will be an optional extra, and it mightn't be cheap. It is the Qi wireless charging standard though, so maybe we might start seeing cheaper 3rd party options?


heyhowie posted a comment   

Any idea if its battery is removable?


Joseph Hanlon posted a reply   

That's a good question. The design suggests the back should clip off. I'll make sure I check that out when I see it in person.


BorysP posted a reply   

Actually, since the device has a SIM ejection tool, then that is a pretty strong indication of a non-removable battery - or at least one that will require a bit of warranty-voiding effort to remove... ;-)

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